Get ready to rumble – a local event this weekend will put female professional wrestlers ringside in the Port City.
The Women in Wrestling Fan Expo gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. The convention, presented by Masters of Ring Entertainment, features some of the most well-known names in the sport.
Fans of the WWE will get some photo ops with hall of famers Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas. The two will also make solo appearances during the all-day expo.
Also set to appear are Lisa Marie Varon (aka WWE’s “Victoria” and TNA Knockout “Tara”), Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, former WWE diva Terri Runnels (aka “Marlena”), GLOW legend Little Egypt, former WCW star Missy Hyatt and current NWA Women’s Champion Santana Garrett, the TNA Knockout known as Brittany.
Just Cause Pro Wrestling will bring some live in-ring action to the convention center from noon to 2 p.m.
General admission is $20. VIP tickets, which are $99, grant special access to question-and-answer panels with some of the wrestlers.
Then, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Masters of Ring holds “Lasting Legacy – A Tribute to Women,” a banquet and hall of fame-style event honoring the some of the big names in pro wrestling. According to Masters of Ring, this is the first such event aimed at honoring women for their accomplishments and contributions to the sport. Admission is $30 (food will be available for purchase) or free with a VIP pass.
To kick off the festivities, Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St., will screen the documentary, “GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It will mark the first time the film has been shown in North Carolina. Little Egypt will be on hand for a question-and-answer session with the audience following the showing.
If wrestling just isn’t your thing–or you’re in the mood for something a little more low-key–never fear. We’ve got plenty of other happenings to choose from in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.
You’ll find these items, plus lots more, in depth on The Scene, our free community events calendar.
Jude Eden celebrates the release of her new album of cello music, “In the key of J,” at 6 p.m. Friday at The Art Factory during the Fourth Friday art walk. Eden is also the featured artist at Art Factory through June, showing a collection of photography and painting to match the musical mood. Rebekah Todd and Lawyers, Guns and Money will also perform. Admission is free.
Local musician Kyle Lindley plays a free show from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Flytrap Brewing. Pepe’s Tacos Food Truck will be on hand from 7 to 10 p.m. for purchases. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sai Collins will stop by to perform free live music, and A&M’s Red Food Truck will be onsite from 7 to 10 p.m.
Step Right Up Productions presents The Wilmington Americana and Bluegrass Show Friday at Brooklyn Arts Center. The Carmonas headline the event, which includes performances by this John Fonvielle and the Derelicts, Big Al Hall and Stray Local. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the show. Tickets are $15 and available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
The Michael Martin Band brings its rowdy Americana sound to The Juggling Gypsy at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation.
Indie favorite The Love Language returns to Bourgie Nights Sunday, with Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portastatic) and Flesh Wounds. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door.
The Jerry Garcia Cover Band takes the Ziggy’s By The Sea stage Sunday. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.
Thalian Hall presents the classic romantic comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$25.
Big Dawg Productions’ “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” continues at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cape Fear Playhouse. Additional performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Based on the classic novel by Ken Kesey, the play tells the story of a charming rogue who serves a short sentence in a mental institution rather than prison and the antics, drama and friendships that ensue. Admission is $16 to $22.
Brunswick Little Theatre performs classic Broadway tunes during “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” set for 7 p.m. Friday at Franklin Square Park in Southport. Admission is free.
TheatreNOW hosts the dinner theater show, “Raney,” at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The play, adapted from the novel of the same name by Clyde Edgerton, follows the marriage of Raney, a Southern Baptist, to Charles, a liberal missionary. Tickets are $22 (show only) and $38 for dinner and the show.
Comedian Jamie Lissow performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Lissow, a writer on Rob Schneider’s new TV show “Real Rob,” has made appearances on the show, as well as on Comedy Central and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He will perform at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13.
Cinematique screens “Seymour: An Introduction” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. The film, directed by Ethan Hawke, tells the story of pianist Seymour Bernstein. Admission is $8.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.